Acute Kidney Injury is a sudden and recent reduction in a person’s kidney function. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 deaths are associated with AKI each year with up to 30% of these being preventable with the correct care and treatment. NCEPOD (2009)
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has directed its attention to improving the care delivery of patients who develop AKI for approximately five years. The STOP-AKI project was triggered following a mortality analysis at the trust and joint collaboration with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Boston, USA. During this journey, Aintree have utilised quality improvement methodology to examine and refine each of the recommended investigations and interventions to ensure that patients who develop AKI are treated timely and effectively.
The Advancing Quality Alliance (Aqua) Advancing Quality (AQ) programme aims to ensure high reliability and reduce variation, through a structured approach to embedding evidenced-based care; enabling the highest quality of care to be provided to every patient, every time. The AQ AKI measures were devised in 2015 by a group of North West England clinicians who share a specialist interest in the disease area. This process was supported by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and aimed to enhance the care that AKI patients receive though prompt diagnosis, action and referral to specialist services.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are currently utilising the AQ AKI measure set to monitor care delivery for patients with AKI.
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